Parc de la Villette
Lonely Planet review for Parc de la Villette
The largest park in Paris, the Parc de la Villette is a cultural centre, kids’ playground and landscaped urban space at the intersection of two canals, the Ourcq and the St-Denis. Its futuristic layout includes the colossal mirrorlike sphere of the Géode cinema and the bright-red cubical pavilions known as folies. Among its themed gardens are the Jardin du Dragon (Dragon Garden), with a giant dragon’s tounge slide for kids, the Jardin des Dunes (Dunes Garden) and Jardin des Miroirs (Mirror Garden).
Events are staged in the wonderful old Grande Halle (formerly a slaughterhouse – the Parisian cattle market was located here from 1867 to 1974), Le Zénith, the Cabaret Sauvage, the Cité de la Musique and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse. The new Paris Philharmonic hall is due to be completed here in 2015.